In response to the Daily Post’s prompt “Quote Me”
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
“All’s Fair in Love and War”
This particular phrase has always stuck with me, because of how much it highlights the similarities between two acts fueled by passion. While war is inherently destructive and formidable, love too has often had the same effect. With love sometimes being a common motive for war, and therefore aiding in such destruction. But as a whole, I’m attracted to the initial juxtaposition that forces one to delve deeper in order to understand the similarities between two seemingly opposing concepts.
“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”
– William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)
I love this quote because it sends a very clear message that is often forgotten. One needs to seize life’s chances when they come by, because what may seem like an obstacle can actually be an opportunity in disguise.
I looked for the origin of this memorable expression:.It traces its origin back to John Lyly’s ‘Euphues’ (1578). The quote was “The rules of fair play do not apply in love and war. ” John Lyly was a Renaissance English poet and playwright.
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